Bunheads and Summer TV

It’s crazy, I suppose, how attached I get to tv characters. I still miss everyone from In Plain Sight, which ended its run last summer. (Sob.) But Warehouse 13 starts up again on Monday, July 23rd. One of the funniest series on tv.

Even better, we now have the thoroughly charming Bunheads. If you loved Gilmore Girls (same creator) you’ll enjoy Bunheads. Sutton Foster, the lead, is completely lovable, the girls are great, and the relationship between Sutton Foster’s character and Kelly Bishop’s (from Gilmore Girls) is … I hate to say it because I think it might turn some people off, but … it’s … oh, I’m just going to say it, it’s heart-warming. Okay? Sue me. It’s heart-warming. I like heart-warming. I miss this kind of smart dialogue, welcome back Amy Sherman-Palladino.

In other words: tv life is good.

Update: I forgot, Political Animals. It’s got my attention. I hope it gets better, but so far, I’m in. Weak link, the squandering of the great CiarĂ¡n Hinds. Strongest link, the relationship between Sigourney Weaver and Carla Gugino’s characters.

Also, Newsroom. I don’t hate it as much as everyone else. I’m still in. But I do hate what Sorkin does with all his female characters. And apparently he still hasn’t recovered from the internet shellacking he was subjected to all those years ago (it was when he won an Emmy for the West Wing episode, “In Excelsis Deo,” and he was less than gracious toward the co-author of the script). The Social Network didn’t sufficiently neutralize the narcissistic injury and he continues to nurse it in this show.

Every day, on the way to swimming, I pass by this fantastic 70’s style poster. Takes me back.

Black Dynamite

Stacy Horn

I've written six non-fiction books, the most recent is Damnation Island: Poor, Sick, Mad, and Criminal in 19th-Century New York.

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